Seven rivals for Hight

Mister Hight, ante-post favourite alongside Afsoun for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, faces seven rivals in the Grade Two Cashmans Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The sponsors of this weekend’s race rate Willie Mullins’ charge as a leading contender at 6-1 for the March 17 contest following his impressive debut success at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Eve.

The four-year-old streaked home by 20 lengths that day after his nearest rival crashed out at the final flight and Mullins is worried about his charge’s lack of experience.

“He did it well at Fairyhouse and Ruby was very impressed with him,” said Mullins.

“I imagine it is going to be a tough race on Sunday and his lack of experience might show but he will get experience in the race.

“He certainly acts on soft ground but I think he will handle firmer ground alright.”

Mullins is still sorting out a pecking order for his strong team of juveniles but indicated Mister Hight, who is also engaged in the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, is likely to take his chance in the Triumph at the Festival.

He added: “At the moment the Triumph is the plan and Quatre Heures could also run – they are all possibles at the moment.”

Mister Hight’s rivals this weekend include Grade Three winner Marhaba Million, who chased him home to finish second on the former’s last outing.

Also lining up are dual winner Cogans Lake, impressive Punchestown winner Vox Populi and Dessie Hughes’ Duck Row, who got off the mark at Gowran last month having been a smart sort on the Flat for Brian Meehan.

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